Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Idea Generation from the Beginning

Brainstorming of topics (Practice):

Lok Yang Teng:

  • What material is the best insulator of heat?
  • How does a building's structure affects its resistance against earthquakes?
  • Does density of a liquid affect it's surface tension?

Kenneth Mah:

  • How is the strength of magnets affected by humidity and temperature?
  • How is an aircraft able to be invisible to radars? What shapes are the most efficient?

Jeron Kor:

  • Will the purity of water affect the density of it?

Lim Yu Xuan:

  • Will heating and cooling affect the elasticity of a rubber band?

(Click link to view literature reviews for individual topics)

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Essential Questions

1) What is science?

Science is a topic where we will be able to understand the history of the known world, how it changes over time with observable results to draw conclusions to.

2) Scientific Methods
  1. Ask a question
    • What do you have to learn?
  2. Do background research
    • Find out as much as you can. Look for information in books, on the internet, and by talking with teachers to get the most information you can before you start experimenting 
  3. Construct a hypotesis 
    • After doing the research, try to predict the answer to the problem. This is usually stated like "If I...(do something) then...(this will occur)"
  4. Test the hypothesis by constructing an experiment 
    • Design a test or procedure to test if the hypothesis is correct
  5. Analyse the data and draw a conclusion
    • Record what happened during the experiment
  6. Communicate the results
    • Review the data and check to see if your hypothesis was correct